500 miles has sponsored the international training of all of the qualified prosthetists and orthotists working at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka (UTH), apart from the manager.
Since 2015, 500 miles has paid UTH to make low-cost prosthetic and orthotic devices for those who cannot afford to buy their own. We have paid for well over 1,300 devices for patients of UTH itself as well as referrals from other hospitals, both in Lusaka and wider Zambia. We have also funded outreach by the staff of UTH to Katete, Chitokoloki, Mongu and Monze, sometimes working in conjunction with FlySpec→
Through UTH, we had hoped to escalate our activity in Zambia in a sustainable way but unfortunately, despite our best efforts over more than five years, by January 2020, we realised we could not secure sufficient cooperation from UTH or the Zambia Ministry of Health (MoH) to continue this work. We still hope we can still fund a few devices on an ad hoc basis but this depends on MoH supplying UTH with stock.